Smith Hotel award winners announced in London

George Sell By George Sell
07 November 2014 | Updated 07 November 2014

UK: The second annual Smith Hotel awards were presented at a ceremony in London last night.

UK: The second annual Smith Hotel awards were presented at a ceremony in London last night.

Comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins, BBC Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, were among the guests joining Smith co-founders James and Tamara Lohan, at the event, held at Bankside Vaults in London.

Intended to celebrate the most remarkable boutique hotels across the world, the Smith Hotel Awards attracted nominations for more than 950 hotels from the Smith collection, across 12 categories.

More than 20,000 members of the public voted for their favourite hotels, after which shortlists were put to a panel of three specialist judges in each category, including writer and presenter Mariella Frostrup, chef Marcus Wareing, burlesque star Immodesty Blaize, presenter and writer Anna Richardson and singer-songwriter Jessie Ware.

James Lohan, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, said: "When we started Smith in 2003, we set out to find the very best boutique hotels in the UK. Over the last 11 years, we've taken that mission all over the world, so this list of 2014 award winners really does represent the best of the best on the global hotel scene. Choosing from such incredible hotels is a tough job, of course, which is why we asked the public to help, and thanks to them and our panel of specialist judges, we think we've arrived at the ultimate hotlist."

Water Villa Number 5 beat off strong contenders including runners-up Suite 57 at the Viceroy New York, sitting on the hotel's 28th floor for views over Central Park; and the Roccia Suite at Bellevue Syrene in Italy (described by awards judge Jessie Ware as 'like a sexed-up Downton Abbey').

The 2014 winners were:

Best-Dressed Hotel (in partnership with Designers Guild)
Winner: El Fenn, Morocco
Runners-up: Portrait Firenze, Florence; Saffire, Australia

Sexiest Bedroom in the World (in partnership with Kiki de Montparnasse)
Winner Water Villa 5 at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Runners-up: Suite 58 at Viceroy New York; The Roccia Suite at Bellevue Syrene, Italy

Hottest Hotel Bar (in partnership with SipSmith)
Winner: The NoMad Hotel, US
Runners-up: Ohla Hotel, Spain; Shoreditch Rooms, UK

Best Hotel Restaurant (in partnership with Fentimans)
Winner: Hartnett, Holder & Co at Lime Wood, UK
Runners-up: Lake House, Australia; La Bastide de Moustiers, France

Best Spa Hotel (in partnership with Malin + Goetz)
Winner: House Spa at Dormy House, Cotswolds
Runners-up: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali; Fusion Maia Resort, Vietnam

The Eco Award (in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation)
Winner: Sal Salis, Australia
Runners-up: Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, Italy; Cuixmala, Mexico

Best for Families (in partnership with Trunki)
Winner: Emirates Wolgan Valley, Australia
Runners-up: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji; Castiglion del Bosco, Italy

Best Budget Hotel (in partnership with Graham & Green)
Winner: 1888 Hotel, Sydney Australia
Runners-up: Brody House, Hungary; Ekies All Senses Resort, Greece

Best Hotel Pool (in partnership with Heidi Klein)
Winner: Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy
Runners-up: Eagles Nest, New Zealand; Cap Estel, France

Above & Beyond (in partnership with Avis)
Winner: Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
Runners-up No 131, UK; One&Only The Palm, UAE

Best Newcomer (in partnership with Music Concierge)
Winner: Ham Yard Hotel, London
Runners-up The Pig - on the Beach, UK; Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, US

Best Smith Hotel 2014
Winner: Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil
Runners-up Qualia, Australia; Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

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